Drug to control breast cancer

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Cancer survivor Sally McGiffin calls this newly approved drug a miracle. With this hot pink ride, decked out with lighted wheels, nothing is going to get in the way of this mother daughter duo. Not even cancer.

Sally says, "When we first got diagnosis we sat and cried maybe half an hour to an hour, and then she looked at me and said this disease is not going to beat me." 

That attitude and a newly approved FDA drug called ribociclib, has kept Shannon McGiffin's stage four metastic breast cancer under control.

Shannon says, "It's a miracle, it really is a miracle for me to be able to have survived this long." 

Moffitt oncologist, Dr. Heather Han says when combined with hormonal therapy, ribociclib stops signals that cancer cells use to grow and divide.

Dr. Han says, "I'm obviously very excited that this drug finally actually quickly got approved, and I'm able to be there to help patients to do better." 

Dr. Han says the ribociclib combination can be used as the first line of defense. The risk of progression or death has been reduced by 44%. 

Dr. Han says, "So it's been in clinical trial for several years, but FDA was able to approve it quickly when it showed dramatic improvement of the patients."

The side effects for her have been high blood sugar levels and fatigue.

Shannon says, "I do spend a lot of my time sleeping."

For Shannon, it's not a cure, but it has given her precious time with those who matter most.

Candidates for this drug usually can be patients with newly diagnosed advanced breast cancer, hormone receptor positive and her-2 negative. 

 

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